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03-06-2011 02:42 AM

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OK I know their usually both junk, but I was board today and walking the two stores and behold I saw at depot Made in the USA Ply. (Pure Bond), Then got to lowes and found Pacific something with a big giant sign saying Made in China. Thought this was humorous. My curious thought though was on pure bond is it a half way good plywood. I’ve got the certain customers who just want to pinch pennies. And they questioned me on the price of my sheet of oak I get from the mill versus the box store.

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#1 posted 03-06-2011 03:39 AM

IF there is a Menards store in your area, go check theirs out. On their “good” hardwood plywood, each sheet is plastic wrapped. The stuff in the racks ain’t that great, but they are at least as inexpensive as the other BORG’s stuff.

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 04:13 AM

I haven’t used big box ply for a few years and when customers ask why, I tell them that the “real cost” of it has to include all the hassle I have to deal with when I try to use it. Remember the old commercials with the line “Pay me now, or pay me later”? – lol

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 04:48 AM

From what I have read I would rather have the Pure Bond Brand.
At least they are formaldehyde free and made here.

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 05:15 AM

The wood you see in the big box stores is somewhat dependent on where they are located and the time of year. Here this week I can buy 2×10 SYP cheaper than 2×8 SPF, but the “hardwood” ply is not even worth hauling to the curb, much less trying to make something of it.


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#5 posted 03-06-2011 05:37 AM

Wouldn’t it make sense to support family owned store than big box stores?

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#6 posted 03-06-2011 05:45 AM

I’m just saying whats the differnece between the two. And is Pure bond any good. I usually get My wood from CR muterspawn. There a hour down the road, but when the customer wants it cheap he will get it that way. He told me he wanted me to use the stuff from lowes.

What do you do? Not do the job or just tell him the down falls and leave it on his shoulders?

I choose the money

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#7 posted 03-06-2011 04:46 PM

we have used the chinese plywood, many voids and the birch veneer is so thin don’t sneeze near it or it will blow off! just bought the usa purebond for a custom closet job, looks good through first rips and at $44 per sheet versus our local supplier(who we support as much as possible) gets $58 per sheet Home Cheapo wins this one.

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#8 posted 03-06-2011 05:03 PM

If you use the cheap stuff and it shows in the project, they will blame you, not the material.
Price based on the job and cost of material, where you get the materila is not their concern.

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#9 posted 03-06-2011 05:45 PM

I’ved used the Purebond several times- I like it. I have yet to find a small supplier for this locally that I like and I can’t justify the long drive (several hours) for it on a regular basis..

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#10 posted 03-06-2011 06:00 PM

I buy my USA made ply from my local lumberyard (well, about 12 miles away), along with a few hardwoods.
That Chinese crap ain’t fit to build a dog house with. I can get oak, cherry, bitch, etc. for just a few bucks more a sheet. I’d rather pay a few $$$ extra for good quality….anything.. When I go to buy, I usually buy anywhere from 3-6 sheets at a time. Then they give a little discount cause of quanity, and it saves me from having to go back as often,and make that long drive to town.

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#11 posted 03-06-2011 06:58 PM

I recently got some Canadian maple veneered ply from a local lumber supplier for about $3 more than the chinese junk at Lowe’s. Mind you, I’m an avid Lowe’s and HD patronizer but some stuff like the finish ply isn’t good for much. Their construction sheetgoods are okay.

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#12 posted 03-06-2011 07:14 PM

Sometimes, but not always, I’ll use some Chinese crap ply to build a project or piece of furniture for my shop.
I ‘ll use it mainly because that’s what I had on hand and never used, so to keep it from warping so bad out of shape, I’ll use it. But for customers I work for and personal household use, never…....!!!!

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#13 posted 03-06-2011 07:57 PM

What if its a painted project. Though guys.

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#14 posted 03-06-2011 08:16 PM

Hey Resurrected,

I say if it’s painted, then it shouldn’t make any difference what kind of ply or wood you use…Paint will cover up any imperfections anyway…..If they are there, just fill it with wood putty and go on…

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#15 posted 03-06-2011 08:25 PM

No Menard’s here (as far as I know) but I noticed the same thing when comparing HD and Lowe’s last month. In an article I read the HD came out not as bad as some others.

I ended up getting Birch at a local lumberyard for less than the Lowe’s one, which was cheaper than HD. Of course, the Birch is less amount, so anyway it’s not really “cheaper” than Lowe’s, but oh well… Thing is, this Lumberyard was out of city limits.

Maybe next time I’ll buy the PureBond.

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